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Texans fan dies in fall at Reliant Stadium

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A fan attending the Texans’ preseason game against the Vikings at Reliant Stadium on Thursday night fell off an escalator and died.

Houston police classified the death as accidental and said the man was trying to slide down the outside hand rail of the escalator when he fell three stories. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.

A fan who was nearby told the Houston Chronicle he “heard the very loud noise when he hit the ground.”

UPDATE, 8:30 PM EDT: Authorities identified the deceased man as 25-year-old Jonathon Kelly of Houston. Police say the fall appears to have been an accident. Stadium officials say they are confident in the safety of the escalators.

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35 Responses to “Texans fan dies in fall at Reliant Stadium”
  1. blackbug99 says: Aug 31, 2012 7:25 AM

    Very sad for the mans family and friends, but no doubt the lawyers are lining up!

  2. clw1906 says: Aug 31, 2012 7:37 AM

    Wow that’s sad.

  3. cali49er707 says: Aug 31, 2012 7:42 AM

    That’s absolutely horrible!! May he R.I.P. & I wish his family nothing but the best!!!

  4. EJ says: Aug 31, 2012 7:54 AM


  5. drewbu22 says: Aug 31, 2012 8:00 AM

    Very similar to the death at Shea Stadium back in either 07 or 08, sad…

  6. 1buckeye76 says: Aug 31, 2012 8:02 AM

    I really hope he wasn’t there with his kids.

  7. rtant2013 says: Aug 31, 2012 8:02 AM

    Hmm, its definitely sad but could have definitely been prevented. Maybe ya know not try to slide down a packed escalator hand rail when its 3 stories high. Probably a drunken mistake

  8. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 31, 2012 8:12 AM

    I saw a bannister-slider fall once and watched a Theissman-like break mid-shin. Its fun to slide and all but it ain’t that fun. RIP dude.

  9. youarewrongandthisiswhy says: Aug 31, 2012 8:14 AM

    This happens more often than most would think. Couple years back a guy died at Citi Field doing the same thing. Shortly after another guy died same way.

    Terrible to see.

  10. faulkn22 says: Aug 31, 2012 8:22 AM

    Couldn’t imagine being there and witnessing it with my family. RIP

  11. kvanhorn87 says: Aug 31, 2012 8:24 AM

    How are they not encased?

  12. htowntexan says: Aug 31, 2012 8:27 AM

    Rest in peace. Prayers for the family.

  13. gmsalpha says: Aug 31, 2012 8:34 AM

    I wish his family the best in dealing with such a tragedy, but I have to wonder why anyone would think its a good idea to slide down the outer rail of an escalator? Let alone, a 45-year old man. Very sad, nonetheless.

  14. biggestloser79 says: Aug 31, 2012 8:40 AM

    Dang thats awful, I was there and was wondering why they had everything bloccked off

  15. raqaiw says: Aug 31, 2012 8:43 AM

    How long before the family sues and then there are some ridiculous measures taken to prevent this from happening again?

  16. icdogg says: Aug 31, 2012 8:47 AM

    I’ll have to remember not to do that.

  17. jamezz23 says: Aug 31, 2012 8:49 AM

    I’ve slid down the sides of escalator but not ones that you can fall 3 stories to your death.. gotta use common sense

  18. djspman says: Aug 31, 2012 8:50 AM

    My Condolences go out to the family. RIP

  19. trseann says: Aug 31, 2012 8:50 AM

    Dude, just WAIT a few moments. Woke up that morning excited to see his favorite team play and now this. Condolences to the loved ones.

  20. larryboodry says: Aug 31, 2012 8:51 AM

    What a sad and senseless death.

  21. omeezyx says: Aug 31, 2012 8:57 AM

    My condolences. One question though, who tries to slide down the hand rail of an escalator 3 stories high?

  22. broncosnative says: Aug 31, 2012 8:58 AM

    It’s slays sad when theres a death but things like this is preventable. I wish the family well and I hope that they can move on knowing that it was just a freak accident.

  23. trollhammer20 says: Aug 31, 2012 9:00 AM

    That’s really horrible, but I gotta ask: 45 years old (my age, btw) and sliding down a three-story railing….was there alcohol involved? Or, rather, how much alcohol was involved?

  24. mike83ri says: Aug 31, 2012 9:25 AM

    Exact same thing happened to a friend of mine from High School at the Providence Place Mall. So sad 😦

  25. polegojim says: Aug 31, 2012 11:17 AM

    Exactly RAQ – “How long before the family sues and then there are some ridiculous measures taken to prevent this from happening again?”

    Sad it happened, but STUPID!!! Feel bad for the family, but not the guy.

    C’mon man… why do people…including some on THIS POST automatically think ‘Big Brother’ should devise MORE methods to protect us from ourselves.

    Encase it???
    Blocked off???

    Seriously??? You’re the first ones to THEN complain about big government and control.

    I have an idea – Don’t slide down a 3 story escalator and take responsibility for your own welfare. PERIOD.

    Frankly, Reliant should sue his estate for the cost of trama to other fans, clean up, and bad PR.

  26. doe22us says: Aug 31, 2012 11:18 AM

    Sad, but dont be heavily inebriated and try sliding down an escalator or what have you, wrong combination. There are some deaths that are tragic and some that are 100% preventable.

  27. term3186 says: Aug 31, 2012 11:46 AM

    Houston media outlets are reporting that the victim was 25, not 45

  28. mmack66 says: Aug 31, 2012 12:52 PM

    Who tries to slide down the (moving) hand rail of an escalator, period?

  29. thelastpieceofcheese says: Aug 31, 2012 1:26 PM

    RIP my friend!

  30. broncosnative says: Aug 31, 2012 1:29 PM

    Sorry but no one can protect the stupidity, no one force the guy to slide down a rail that’s two stories high. If he’d used his better judgement, he would still be here today, not the stadiums fault. Hate to say it but a lot of deaths caused by an individual itself is people not using their common senses. If people are gonna keep suing the football owners, etc; they’re gonna band alcohol period at games, ticket prices will raise and you’ll have to sign a waiver.

  31. urlacher2000 says: Aug 31, 2012 5:16 PM

    Reminds me of a guy that died @ Soldier Field. He (and others) would climb over a wall and smoke cigarettes (since smoking is not allowed anywhere in the stadium) on a ledge on the outside of the stadium. One day he was being “cute” and jumped over the wall to show off. He slipped off the ledge and fell several stories to his death.

  32. beelicker says: Aug 31, 2012 7:46 PM

    Condolences to the family & friends. Apparently he died doing what he must have loved, acting like a complete moron.

  33. raiderapologist says: Aug 31, 2012 11:27 PM

    “Hey ya’ll, watch this!”

  34. tiggerblood says: Sep 2, 2012 2:59 AM

    Wonder if it was that fullback named clutz they just picked up?

  35. larryboodry says: Sep 2, 2012 10:23 AM

    tiggerblood says: Sep 2, 2012 2:59 AM

    Wonder if it was that fullback named clutz they just picked up?
    Dude’s name is spelled Clutts, and it was a FAN who died, not a player…You’re an idiot, and evidently heartless as well.

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